Multi-agent Infrastructures for Objective and Subjective Coordination

Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci, Mirko Viroli, Marco Cioffi, Giovanni Rimassa

Applied Artificial Intelligence: An International Journal 18(9-10), pp. 815-831, October-December 2004
Taylor & Francis
Mark D'Inverno, Carles Sierra, Franco Zambonelli, Michael Luck, Steven Willmott (a cura di)
Special Issue: Best papers from EUMAS 2003: The 1st European Workshop on Multi-agent Systems

Coordination in multi-agented systems (MAS) can be conceived as either an agent activity (the subjective viewpoint) or an activity over agents (the objective viewpoint). The two viewpoints have generated two diverging and often contrasting lines of research, as well as different and noncompatible technologies, however, their integration is mandatory for modeling and engineering complex MAS. In this paper, we explore the issue of integration at both the model and the technology levels.
First, by taking FIPA agents and coordination artifacts as reference notions for subjective and objective approaches, respectively, we sketch a framework where agent interactions with coordination artifacts are modeled as physical acts, deliberated and executed by agents analogously to communicative actions. Then, we show how the JADE infrastructure for FIPA-compliant agents, and the TuCSoN infrastructure providing agents with coordination artifacts can be integrated at the technology level, allowing JADE agents to access TuCSoN tuple centers through JADE services.

Author = {Omicini, Andrea and Ricci, Alessandro and Viroli, Mirko and Cioffi, Marco and Rimassa, Giovanni},
Doi = {10.1080/08839510490509036},
Editor = {D'Inverno, Mark and Sierra, Carles and Zambonelli, Franco and Luck, Michael and Willmott, Steven},
Issn = {0883-9514},
Issn-Online = {1087-6545},
Journal = {Applied Artificial Intelligence: An International Journal},
Month = oct # {--} # dec,
Note = {Special Issue: Best papers from EUMAS 2003: The 1st European Workshop on Multi-agent Systems},
Number = {9--10},
Pages = {815--831},
Publisher = {Taylor \& Francis},
ScopusId = {2-s2.0-9244231130},
Title = {Multi-agent Infrastructures for Objective and Subjective Coordination},
Url = {},
Volume = 18,
WosId = {000224818800004},
Year = 2004

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